Cold hardy. That's why I am switching to Chanteclers. Buckeyes are a good choice too. Both breeds are vey cold hardy with their small combs. Chanties even more so. They need breeders, were developed especially or small owner flocks, will provide both meat and eggs. Don't remember either breed being classed as "wanderers". Here pics of both of them. Both breeds have enthusiastic supporters who are breeding to the Standard. Buckeyes come on one red color. Chanties come in the original white and also in a partridge color which came later. Both are accepted by the American Poultry Association and are showable at all APA shows.
Buy your birds from an established breeder who has been linebreeding them for years and winning at shows. Or breeding them for production. Or from a breeder who got their birds from such a person and has only has them for a generation or two. Do not buy from a hatchery. I don't know where you are located?
Canadian page on both White ad Partridge Chanteclers. :
My opinion, wait on the Buff color It is a real tough color to get right and very new in this breed. The other 2 colors have had much more work for a longer time put into getting the colors right. Chantecler Fanciers International club can help you find US breeders. BYC has several good Chantie discussion threads with knowledgeable folk o them. Look for the "Educator" badge in their profiles.
History of the Buckeye breed, only US breed developed by a lady.
Edited by 3riverschick - 5/8/16 at 9:45am